Taking House Calls (Batman:Kings Of Fear #2 Review)

Writer Scott Peterson

Artist Kelley Jones

Colors Michelle Madsen

Letterer Rob Leigh

Cover Jones & Madsen

Warden Dave Wielgosz

Superintendent Jamie S. Rich

Last Issue

Batman apprehended the Joker during what seemed to be murder just to see Bruce. Going through the motions Joker pokes fun at Bruce in very intimate, yet wonderfully oblivious ways. Bruce decides to sleep gas the clown and proceed to the asylum, where an orderly immediately begins to scold Bruce for his behavior. Suddenly the lights go dim and the entirety of the asylum is released from their cells Bruce finds everyone but one rogue and beats them down, scooby doo style. The same orderly scolds him further for this, saying that Batman validates their villainy when he beats them up. With inmates still out Batman doesn’t have time for this. As he enters a dark room, with a spray in the face he finds the last inmate, Scarecrow and that wasn’t cologne.

This Issue

We take a deep dive into Bruce’s psyche and Dr. Crane begins to use his less that certified methods on Batman to see what makes him tick. Let me tell you it a journey, with plenty of hidden meaning and nuance to satisfy any Batman fanboy while simultaneously confusing the lot of us. From meeting up with Jim Gordon to be held at gunpoint by his childhood self, this issue exposes a lot of Bruce’s internal conflict and shows it to us in a Fear and Loathing type of dreamscape. Bruce is sick and the doctor is in.

Thoughts

The nostalgia this series is inducing is staggering, Jones’ artwork hits an internal chord with me that is just too much not to mention. With Peterson’s helping at the helm, this story seems to be headed for some uncharted territory not for the characters but perhaps with the creators. Jones is notorious for far less… trippy type of illustration giving us that iconic breaking of the bat from so long ago. I’m excited o see where this goes and can’t wait for the pace to pick up.

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Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
This mini-series is starting slow for sure but has great promise for the future. So far for what seems to be a gallery for Batman rogues and iconography, it's pretty good. Until things pick up I won't say go grab this just yet, maybe wait for an issue or two.
Good
  • Ambitious Illustration
  • Leaves You Excited For More
  • Nostalgia
  • Attention To Detail
Bad
  • Young Series
  • Slow Read
  • less substance than previously
7
Good
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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